Outdoor Weddings (or Garden Weddings) have certainly risen in popularity over the past few years. Couples are attracted by the relaxed style, flexibility and the ability to create the wedding they really want. But what exactly is an Outdoor Wedding?
An Outdoor Wedding usually refers to an event under canvas. This throws open the doors to lots of different types of marquees including Tipis, Stretch Tents and Sailcloth Tents (otherwise known as Pole Marquees). Whether you are looking for a classic garden wedding reception or a relaxed festival wedding vibe there really is something for everyone.
Well the good news is that as long as you have some reasonably flat land with good access you can put a marquee up!
The most popular choice, and where I spend most of my time, is in someone’s garden. There is a wonderful personal connection to holding your wedding at the family home where you grew up. Other options are to rent some land for your celebrations – you can choose from wedding venues who just rent out their land (also known as dry hire) or even rent from a farmer in your favourite countryside spot.
If you want to go for a slightly easier option, there are a wide range of wedding venues with permanent canvas structures which are available to hire during the summer months.
Time of the year is an important consideration for Outdoor Weddings. Most of them happen in the summer months to take advantage of the warmer weather. This doesn’t mean you can’t have an Outdoor Wedding in the winter but it takes a lot more planning to make sure it goes well.
Flexibility is one of the biggest advantages. For example, you can choose exactly the catering you want. Be it fine dining, grazing boards, street food vans or anything in between. You aren’t restricted to a standard 3 course menu.
The Great Outdoors is also a big factor. Imagine an outdoor wedding ceremony on the river bank surrounded by your family and friends. A clear roof marquee bringing the outdoors into a marquee filled with foliage and flowers. And yes I know the British weather can be temperamental but with the right planning upfront you’ll have the most amazing wedding day.
A lot of my couples are also keen to get involved with some DIY wedding activities. Be it creating a thousand coloured origami butterflies, making pom pom garlands or creating your own signage. It’s a great way to bring your touch to your wedding day. If you do decide to take on some crafting, my best piece of advice is start early!
Are Outdoor Weddings more complicated? The honest answer is yes, but with the right team around you, you won’t even notice the difference! You are going to need to think about toilets, power, heating and water – the things you take for granted in a more traditional wedding venue. However, when it all comes together you will absolutely LOVE having your weddings outdoors.
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